Jay Cutler is believed to have a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder and is expected to miss the rest of the season, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported.
Cutler is seeking a second opinion, which he's hoping produces a different prognosis, the story said. Cutler injured his thumb earlier in the season, missing five games. With Brian Hoyer having a broken arm, Matt Barkley is up next on the depth chart. The Bears have already signed David Fales off the Ravens practice squad, a report said. It's a downgrade for any Bear weapons who remain healthy - mostly Eddie Royal and Cameron Meredith. The team is without suspended Alshon Jeffery and lost TE Zach Miller to a broken foot in Week 11. The team could look to run the ball more with Jordan Howard, but Barkley doesn't present much of a threat to hurt a defense in the passing game so opponents may be able to stuff the run going forward. It's not shaping up to be a pretty situation for the Bears offense for the remainder of the season.